The chief of the National Rugby League (NRL) Peter V’landys has said a second Brisbane team could be playing in the league by 2023.
When he spoke to the Sydney Morning Herald, V’Landys said he would ‘run over’ anyone that tried to stop his plans. He said the chance of there being a second team in Brisbane is ‘very realistic’.
“From what I’ve seen and the presentations that have been given to me, they are well advanced,” he added.
V’landys expects the decision on the new team to be made by June.
“If we came to a decision in June this year, that would give them a year and a half. It’s plenty of time. If it’s going, it’s going to happen this year.’”
There are four teams lining up bids for the new franchise, including the Brisbane Bombers, Brisbane Firehawks, Ipswich and Redcliffe Dolphins - who are suggested to be the favourites.
However, the new team won’t be cheap for the NRL. To accommodate they will need to raise as extra A$12 million per year. Lots of cuts have already been made by the league to the Coronavirus pandemic, which saw a 25% reduction in staff, and this is set to save them around A$50 million per year.
Author: Abraham Adebayo